There are over 1 million people around the world who live on less than $1.00 per day, many who cannot afford a basic need such as a pair of shoes. We as a company understand the need to help where we can, and our goal is to establish comprehensive socially responsible programs that would allow us to create a positive impact on the environment, employees, and local and global communities.
In many areas of the world, children have to walk many miles to and from school crossing creeks and riverbeds where they usually would have to remove their shoes, meanwhile picking up skin infections and infestations through the foot including hookworms, tungiasis, ringworm and other parasites that could be avoided just by wearing a pair of shoes.
Partners In Health reports that not having shoes “leads to a major public health problem – an epidemic of tungiasis, an infestation of sand fleas that can cause pain, itching, swelling, open sores and, if left untreated, sepsis, tetanus or gangrene. By wearing shoes children can avoid getting cuts.”